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Home energy assistance program

Special to The Star

The Florida Housing Finance Corporation is proud to partner with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) to share information on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding allocated to the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help meet the unmet needs of Floridians who have been impacted by COVID-19.

DEO administers the program through a partnership with Florida’s network of community action agencies. LIHEAP helps with paying home energy bills for individuals and families who are experiencing financial hardship. Grant funds are not provided directly to clients; utility payments are made directly to the client’s utility service provider.

Floridians who have lost their job through no fault of their own, are quarantined by a medical professional or a government agency, laid off or sent home without pay for an extended period by their employer, or caring for an immediate family member who is diagnosed with COVID-19, may be eligible for LIHEAP and are encouraged to apply.

We ask that you share this valuable resource with your residents.

Please note: Assistance is contingent upon the availability of funds. If your residents are interested in the LIHEP, please encourage them to apply through their local community action agency soon.

To learn more about LIHEAP and how eligible individuals and families can apply through a community action agency, please visit www.FloridaJobs.org/LIHEAPHelp.

If your residents do not have internet access, please share the attached flyer that provides a telephone number for the community action agency where they can apply.

Gulf County’s agency contact information is Capital Area Community Action Agency at 229-1717.